Recently, a close friend returned from a vacation in the Bahamas. We asked how it was, expecting to hear to stories of palm trees, pristine beaches and fruity frozen drinks, and instead got this hoarse reply: “I spent most of it in bed. Every time I go on vacation I get sick.”

Every time? It seemed unlikely, but then she recounted the last several trips she had been on – and sure enough, whether it was Rome or Lake George, she had ended up with a nasty cold. But why? Germs in close quarters seemed the likely culprit, except for the fact that she had made some of those trips alone, in her own car. She even got sick during “staycations,” a prime example being the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which she took off from work each year to attend local family events. Intrigued, we did some research and found that our friend was not unusual; in fact, her “condition” had a name: leisure sickness.

Coined by Dutch psychologist Ad Vingerhoets in 2002, the phrase “leisure sickness” has both physical and emotional components.  It is also a symptom of our stress-addled society. Heavy workloads, family responsibilities, and the ever-increasing encroachment of technology has us spinning our wheels and ignoring pleas from our bodies and inner voices to slow down. Our systems are flooded with adrenalin, a fight or flight hormone that allows us to ignore fatigue, aches and pains as we strive to meet our obligations. Ironically, it is when we finally try to relax, whether on a beach or our own couch, that the adrenalin recedes and our immune system crashes.

So how do we enjoy the leisure without the sickness? By honoring the body-mind-spirit connection in our daily lives, not just while on vacation. Reiki and meditation are among the most powerful tools in this regard, and when used together in a ReikiWaves ™ treatment, they help us restore balance and reclaim power over our lives. To learn more about the powerful benefits of ReikiWaves™ call 347-434-4634 or email us at